University Statements

This institution is committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants in all programs and to all applicants for employment.

Non-Discrimination Statement

This institution is committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants in all programs and to all applicants for employment.

Therefore, no discrimination shall occur in any program or activity of this institution, including activities related to the solicitation of students or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, religious beliefs, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other classification that precludes a person from consideration as an individual. Any such acts are unacceptable and strictly prohibited by University of Technology and Education.

 

Academic Policies

Instructional Model

UTE’s goal is to provide a high-quality educational experience to students and faculty through online learning using innovative techniques. The instructional model is as follows:

  • Students’ progress through the program within cohorts consisting of one or more students.
  • Students are required to participate in discussion boards, submit assignments, and take exams in an asynchronous manner.
  • The final course grade is submitted within seven (7) calendar days of the scheduled end date of each course.

Course Format and Access

UTE students access their courses through the Educativa LMS system. This platform has a user- friendly interface; the students’ online classroom is used by students and faculty members for all course work, attendance, and grading. Before starting course work, students are provided with Orientation Materials, which introduce them to the learning platform, student resources, and the process for successfully completing online courses.

Faculty and Instruction

Courses are facilitated by faculty with advanced degrees and practical experience in the fields of instruction. Students receive personalized attention, and work closely with faculty toward successfully progressing through the courses in the program. Students are monitored and graded on participation, weekly assignments, and exams. Individual communication takes place through the online messaging system. Continuous improvement and institutional effectiveness are achieved through course and faculty evaluations conducted with students after the end of each course.

Participation

Instruction takes place online in an asynchronous manner. With regard to asynchronous delivery, students are not normally required to be logged into the system at any particular time of the day or week. Rather, students have the freedom to select the most convenient days and times to participate. Discussion boards will close at the end of each week – after 11:59 p.m. on Sunday evenings, students will be able to view all posts after that time but will not have the ability to make additional posts. Only substantive comments made in the discussion boards will contribute towards a student’s participation grade.

Technology Requirements

For students, the following system configuration and software are recommended for optimal performance:

  • Platforms: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher or Windows 7 or higher;
  • Hardware: 1 Gb RAM, CD-ROM, and 1 Gb free disk space;
  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2003 or higher; Adobe Reader 8.0 or higher;
  • Web Browser: Firefox 3.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Safari 4.0 or higher, or Chrome;
  • Networking: Broadband DSL or Cable modem;
  • Email: Outlook, Outlook Express, Mac Mail, Eudora, Entourage, or Hotmail/Gmail.
  • The following are recommended for optimal performance;
  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2010 or higher;
  • Networking: Broadband Internet connection (DSL, cable, or other).

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to participate and actively contribute to class assignments (including discussions), demonstrating knowledge of the concepts and theories studied, and the ability to apply that knowledge when analyzing current events, assigned case studies, or real business questions from their own organizations and communities.

UTE’s policy on attendance is based on the premise that regular communication between the teacher and the student and among students themselves should have significant value in the learning process. To assure this timely communication, the instructor will respond to each assignment submissions or exam submissions within 7 days. To further assure this timely communication, students must respond to each of the instructor’s inquiries within 7 days as well.

A student must demonstrate regular and substantive interaction with the instructor. Regular and substantive interaction is defined as completing one of the following academically related activities once a week in order to be marked as having attended and actively participating:

  • Post to the course discussion board substantive comments relevant to the subject
  • Substantive exchanges with the instructor about course content, concepts, and assignments
  • Submit a graded unit assignment or exercise
  • Attempt a final exam

Students who are inactive for seven (7) consecutive days in a course will receive a warning notification and must immediately respond to the notification or demonstrate a substantive interaction in the course as stated above. Students who are inactive in a course for fourteen (14) consecutive days will be administratively removed from the course and must submit an appeal to the faculty and the Dean of Academics to be reinstated in the course.

Assignments should be completed timely and within the posted deadlines. Limited extensions of time may only be granted for unexpected business, health, or personal emergencies, whenever those are communicated in advance of missing a due date. Emergencies require a written proof. In the rare occurrence of a technical issue preventing students from submitting assignments on time, the late penalty will not be applied, provided the technical issue is outside of the control of individual students.

Grading Policy

Questions posted in the course classroom and sent via the course messaging system or email will be answered within 24 hours. Personal information and questions related to grading must be handled via private communications in order to protect students’ privacy rights. Discussion board grades and Individual and Written Assignment grades will be posted within a maximum of 5 calendar days after the end of each week, i.e. by end of day on Friday after the week they are due.

Student Assessment

Students have a number of opportunities to demonstrate learning through the measures of evaluation provided below. Please use the table below to identify the days of the week as referenced in this section. Please note that each week starts with Monday and ends with Sunday.

Discussion Forums

Each Week there will be discussion activities, which require critical thinking and responses that are based in theory, readings, current events and personal experiences. All discussions pertaining to the topics of a particular week must take place within that week. Students should plan to begin participating in discussions early in the week, so as to allow a substantive discussion and exchange of ideas to take place within the week. Every week, there will be quizzes offered in the online classroom, which consist of multiple-choice problems. Quizzes are meant for practicing of the concepts and theories studied in class. Quizzes can be taken multiple times and are scored automatically.

Mid-Term Exam

There is a mid-term exam, which is administered in the virtual classroom and is open for students throughout Week 8. The mid-term exam may include a variety of question types, including definitions, calculation problems, or analysis from all topics covered over the first 8 weeks of the term.

Final Exam

There is a final exam, which is administered in the virtual classroom and is open for students at the end of the course. The final exam may include a variety of question types, including definitions, calculation problems, or analysis from all topics covered throughout the term. Satisfactory Academic Progress A student must meet the following minimum standards of academic achievement and successful course completion while enrolled at UTE. There are two standards that must be met at the end of each semester: a Quantitative Standard and a Qualitative Standard. The Quantitative Standards measures the completion rate and the maximum time frame to complete the program, while the Qualitative Standard is a Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement.

a) The Quantitative Standard: Students must complete their degree program of study within 150% of the normal timeframe allotted for completion of the program. Failure to complete a program within the time frame specified will result in the student being dismissed by the Institution. A student is also required to complete at least 67% of the credits attempted each semester and cumulative to ensure an acceptable pace of progression toward completion of their selected educational goal within a maximum time frame. Pace is defined as Completed credits divided by Attempted credits.

b) The Qualitative Standard: Once grades post at the end of the semester, the overall GPA is used calculated. A student is required to maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for the master and doctorate programs for each term attempted and cumulative.

Academic Probation and Dismissal Policies

A student enrolled at UTE must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the master and doctor programs in order to remain in good academic standing. A student failing to maintain such GPA is subject to being placed on Academic Probation or Dismissal as defined below.

Academic Probation: A student whose GPA falls below what is outlined above will be placed on Academic probation for one term subject to approval from the Dean of Academics. Students placed on academic probation will be informed of it in writing. A student who shows satisfactory improvement will be allowed to remain on academic probation until the minimum cumulative GPA is achieved.

Academic Dismissal and Appeals: Students who fail to show improvement or achieve the minimum cumulative GPA while on Academic Probation will be subject to Academic Dismissal from the institution. The Dean of Academics will make the decision on placing students on Academic Dismissal and will notify the affected students in writing. A student who is placed on Academic Dismissal will have a permanent record of the dismissal in the transcripts.

A student who is academically dismissed is not allowed to continue enrollment. Such a student can be readmitted to the program after one course term has passed. When readmitted after a dismissal, a student is required to be on academic probation while repeating courses to raise the cumulative GPA to the minimum guideline for good academic standing.

Students who have been placed on Academic Dismissal can appeal the decision based on mitigating personal circumstances. The appeal has to be submitted in writing to the Dean of Academics, who will make the final determination. If the appeal is approved, the student will be permitted to continue coursework at UTE under academic probation status.

Leaves of Absence

A student may request a Leave of Absence (LOA), whenever it is necessary to take an academic leave due to individual circumstances. The LOA allows a student to skip a term at a time, depending on the program. Students may take up to 2 LOA per year. A student may not begin a Leave of Absence while an active course is in progress, rather a withdrawal procedure must be initiated by the student. The LOA can begin upon the completion of the active course term. Students must contact the Student Services Office to request the LOA form.

Withdrawal Procedure

  1. A student choosing to withdraw from the school after the start of classes is to provide a written notice to the Dean of Academics. The notice must include the expected last date of attendance and be signed and dated by the student. The written notice may be submitted by electronic transmission.
  2. If special circumstances arise, a student may request, in writing, a leave of absence, which should include the date the student anticipates the leave beginning and ending. The withdrawal date will be the date the student is scheduled to return from the leave of absence but fails to do so.
  3. A student will be determined to be withdrawn from the institution if the student misses 14 consecutive days by not participating in any of the online courses.
  4. All refunds will be issued within 30 days of the date of determination of the withdrawal date.
  5. Approval of the withdrawal will allow the student to re-register and continue in the program on a date no later than the beginning of the start of the next class.
  6. A student granted readmission is subject to the tuition rate and fees at the time of re-entry.
  7. A student’s last date of attendance is the last day a student had online academically related activity. The last date of attendance is the date that the institution has determined that a student is no longer in school.

 

Transfer of Credits

UTE will not accept transfer of credits from another program from another post-secondary institution. Students will enroll from the beginning of a course or program.

The transferability of credits you earn at UTE is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the credits you earn in the educational program from UTE is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending UTE to determine if your credits will transfer.

 

Non-Academic Policies

Student’s Right to Cancel and Refund Policy

The student shall have the right to cancel the agreement and receive a full refund before the first lesson and materials are received or the third business day after enrollment, whichever is later. Cancellation is effective on the date the written notice of cancellation is made by the student. The withdrawal date is determined with the student providing a written notification to the school. The institution shall make the refund as per the calculation consistent with the Florida Administrative Code. Refunds shall be made within 30 days of the date that the institution determines the date of determination that the student has canceled or withdrawn (regardless if the institution delivered the first lesson and materials before an effective cancellation notice was received).

In the event the institution does not accept the enrollment, a full refund of all monies will be made to the applicant. An applicant may cancel his/her enrollment within three (3) business days from the student signing of this enrollment agreement and all monies paid by an applicant (less non- refundable fees paid) will be refunded within three (3) business days after the student signed the enrollment agreement. An applicant subsequently requesting cancellation of enrollment prior to the class starting date shall be entitled to a refund of all monies paid (less non-refundable fees paid). All monies due the applicant will be refunded within 30 days of the date of determination from the cancellation.

The refund policy for students who have started attending and who have completed up to sixty (60) percent of the period of attendance (semester) will result in a pro rata refund computed on the number of hours completed to the total semester hours. The institution shall pay or credit refunds within 30 days of the date of determination of a student’s cancellation or withdrawal.

No refunds are due once the student has attended sixty (60) percent or more of their semester credit hours in any given period of attendance. For purposes of determining a refund, a student shall be considered to have withdrawn from an educational program when he or she withdraws or is deemed withdrawn by the date of determination and in accordance with the withdrawal policy stated in the institution’s catalog.

If an institution has collected money from a student for transmittal on the student’s behalf to a third party for a bond, library usage, or fees for a license, application, or examination and the institution has not paid the money to the third party at the time of the student’s withdrawal or cancellation, the institution shall refund the money to the student within 30 days of the date of determination of the student’s withdrawal or cancellation.

This institution shall refund any credit balance on the student’s account within 30 days of the date of determination after the date of the student’s completion by means of completing all courses required in the student’s program of study, or by withdrawal from, the educational program in which the student was enrolled.

Financial Aid Policy

The school does not participate in either State or Federal financial aid programs, nor does it provide financial aid directly to its students. A student enrolled in an unaccredited institution is not eligible for federal financial aid programs. UTE does not provide financial assistance to students.

Privacy Act

It is this institution’s intent to carefully follow the rules applicable under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. It is our intent to protect the privacy of a student’s financial, academic and other school records. We will not release such information to any individual without having first received the student’s written request to do so, or unless otherwise required by law.

Academic Freedom

UTE is committed to assuring full academic freedom to all faculty. Confident in the qualifications and expertise of its faculty members, the college encourages its faculty members to exercise their individual judgments regarding the content of the assigned courses, organization of topics and instructional methods, providing only that these judgments are made within the context of the course descriptions as currently published, and providing that the instructional methods are those official sanctioned by the institution, methods for which the institution has received oversight approval. UTE encourages instructors and students to engage in discussion and dialog. Students and faculty members alike are encouraged to freely express views, however controversial, as long as they believe it would advance understanding in their specialized discipline or sub-disciplines.

Harassment Policy

UTE takes allegations of harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation very seriously. The institution strives to be free of all improper or unlawful harassment. Conduct on the part of faculty, staff or students, which violates this policy includes but is not limited to:

  • Unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, or insinuations that a grade or other academic achievement is dependent upon the granting of sexual favors.
  • Offensive conduct, verbal or written, including sexually. explicit jokes, comments, innuendo or other tasteless actions that would offend a reasonably sensitive person.
  • The display of sexually offensive pictures, posters, illustrations or objects.
  • Slurs, jokes, or ridicule based on race, ethnic or national origin, religion, gender or disability.
  • Individuals who have questions or who experience harassment should immediately report the offence to the Dean of Academics.

 

Anti-hazing Policy

Hazing takes various forms, but typically involves physical risks or mental distress through, for example; but not limited to, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning treatment. In recent times extended to Cyber-bullying which refers to the act of hazing online. As UTE will be an on-line institution, the potential for online hazing of fellow students exists; especially if contact information is shared in discussion groups etc.

The institution itself will not provide directly to another student, any contact information. Despite this, if a student believes that he/she has been hazed by any other individual via any of the following actions:

(a) Threats of violence;

(b) Hate speech or postings;

(c) Harassment;

(d) Peer pressure;

(e) Bribery;

(f) Psychological abuse; and

(g) Extortion

Then the student must bring this to the attention of the Dean of Academics for investigation. Students proven to have participated in any form of hazing will be expelled from the institution.

Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct provides information about policies, procedures and regulations for students in preparation for professional activity of the highest standards. Each profession constrains its members with both ethical responsibilities and disciplinary limits. In any presentation, creative, artistic, or research, it is the ethical responsibility of each student to identify the conceptual sources of the work submitted. Failure to do so is dishonest and is the basis for a charge of cheating or plagiarism, which is subject to disciplinary action.

Cheating includes but is not limited to:

  1. Plagiarism as explained below.
  2. Submission of work that is not the student’s own for papers, assignments or exams.
  3. Submission or use of falsified data.
  4. Theft of or unauthorized access to an exam.
  5. The use of an alternate, stand-in or proxy during an examination.
  6. The use of unauthorized material including textbooks, notes or computer programs in the preparation of an assignment or during an examination.
  7. Supplying or communicating in any way unauthorized information to another student for the preparation of an assignment or during an examination.
  8. Collaboration in the preparation of an assignment, unless specifically permitted or required by the instructor. Collaboration will usually be viewed by the school as cheating. Each student, therefore, is responsible for understanding the policies of the department offering any course as they refer to the amount of help and collaboration permitted in preparation of assignments.
  9. Submission of the same work for credit in two courses without obtaining the permission of the instructors beforehand. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, failure to indicate the source with quotation marks or footnotes where appropriate if any of the following are reproduced in the work submitted by a student:
    1. A phrase, written or musical
    2. A graphic element
    3. A proof
    4. Specific language
    5. An idea derived from the work, published or unpublished, of another person

 

Procedures in case of cheating or plagiarism:

Incidents of suspected academic disciplinary violations shall be handled initially at the level at which the incident occurs (e.g., course or research/creative project) and at the department level. It will be reported immediately to designate parties where appropriate. It shall receive second-level review(s) in the manner outlined in the following section.

Initial Review, Decision and Action(s)

Initial review, decision and action(s) shall remain within the academic team. It will involve the instructor(s) or academic supervisor(s) and, if desired, consultation with a third party from the faculty. Instructors are free to discuss alleged violations informally with the student(s) thought to be involved, without revealing the identity of any other students involved. Suspected violations that would result in a penalty should be handled by the instructor(s), in direct communication with the student(s) involved, within one week of the discovery of the suspected infraction and before the imposition of a penalty.

After discussion with the student(s) involved and their response, the instructor(s) shall conclude, within a reasonable period of time and based on available evidence, whether the suspected violation(s) occurred. Instructors are encouraged to consult with their department/ program head about the nature of the suspected violations, the nature of the evidence of these violations and the range of penalties under consideration. If the conclusion is that the suspected violation(s) did occur, the instructor(s) shall choose an appropriate penalty.

The most severe penalty available at this level of review and action shall be failure in the course or dismissal from a project although instructors may also recommend a more severe penalty, which retains the option to impose more severe penalties (e.g., suspension or dis- missal from the program). Elements to consider include prior incidents of academic disciplinary action can be found in a student’s record which is readily available from the Dean. The department/program head may discuss the issue with a student and choose to convene a disciplinary hearing according to the procedures of the department/program.

The student shall be notified immediately, in writing, of this decision, the basis for this decision and the penalty imposed. This notification will come from the instructor and/or department/program head depending on the penalty involved. Students whose penalty is failure in the course in question will not be allowed to drop the course and will be informed. Students should also be informed at this time of their right (and attendant procedures) for an appeal.

Reporting of Initial Action(s)

A copy of the letter outlining the initial decision and action to the student(s) involved in cases of academic disciplinary violations should also be directed to the following parties:

  • Dean of Academics
  • Director of Student Services

 

The Dean of Academics will maintain the central record of academic disciplinary violations and actions. If the head of student affairs is aware of information on prior incidents of academic disciplinary actions in the student’s record, he or she will communicate that information to the department/program head and give the department/program head the opportunity to impose an appropriate sanction.

Second-level Review and Action(s)

A second-level review of an initial decision and action follows from at least one of two sources: (1) appeal by the student(s) involved because the student deems the penalty inappropriate and/or believes that improper procedure has been followed, (2) recommendation by the instructor, that the student be permanently expelled from the school.

If an appeal is made or a second-level action appears warranted, the Dean of Academics will determine what action should be taken. The Dean of Academics may decide to deny the appeal or waive the opportunity for a second-level action. They can also forward the case to the department/program head for additional consideration, order a new or different penalty or convene a Review Committee meeting for additional investigation of facts and/or determination of appropriate sanctions.

Non-Academic Disciplinary Action

Violations of the Harassment or Discrimination Policy of this institution will become part of the student’s record. Depending on the severity and/or frequency of the violation(s), the faculty may take disciplinary action, including administrative withdrawal from the institution. A student who has become subject to disciplinary action may submit an appeal to the Dean of Academics per the Grievances policy.

Student Grievance Procedures

UTE is responsible to uphold its students’ rights and ensure that the non-discrimination policy is applied for students who choose to file a grievance against the institution for reasons involving discrimination, harassment, violation of a policy, or other.

Students must use the following procedure to file a grievance:

  1. Students should first attempt to address the issue with the responsible party in writing. A copy of the communication shall be preserved in the course messaging system.
  2. If a satisfactory solution cannot be found, the student may submit a grievance form to the Dean of Academics within 21 calendar days of the alleged incident. The grievance form is available upon request from the Student Services Office.
  3. The Dean of Academics shall issue a decision within 2 weeks of the grievance submission.
  4. The student may appeal the decision to UTE’s President within 2 weeks of receiving the committee’s decision, and a final decision will be made by the President within 2 weeks of the student appeal.

 

NOTE: If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education.

Complaints

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education at 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, (888) 224-6684 toll free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Commission’s Internet web site http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/.

Student Records and Transcripts

Student records for all students are maintained indefinitely. Transcripts are kept permanently. Students may inspect and review their educational records. To do so, a student should submit a written request identifying the specific information to be reviewed. Should a student find upon review that records are inaccurate or misleading; the student may request that errors be corrected. In the event that a difference of opinion exists regarding the existence of errors, a student may ask that a meeting be held to resolve the matter.

Each student’s file will contain student’s records, including a transcript of grades earned. Upon graduation, the first two copies of the official transcript are provided at no charge. Subsequent copies are available upon advance payment of the transcript fee of $10.00 per transcript. Transcripts will only be released to the student upon receipt of a written request bearing the student’s live signature. No transcript will be issued until all tuition and other fees due the institution are paid current. Students must contact the Student Services Office to request a Transcript Request Form.

Student Identity Verification

UTE has processes in place through which to ensure that the student who registers in a program is the same student who participates in and completes the course or program and receives the academic credit. UTE requires a state issued ID or passport to be kept on file at the school. Supporting documents are compared by the registrar to verify the identity of the student.

Identity verification begins when a student applies for admission and continues through the student lifecycle at UTE. Each student will also receive a unique and secure username and password that is required to log into the course management system and access UTE email directory. The student is responsible for maintaining current contact information such as email address(es) and phone number(s) in the student account because the email address or phone number along with the student ID are used as the primary means of identification and for communication purposes. UTE has incorporated in its e-learning environment different tools to prevent academic dishonesty. Anti- plagiarism software is used to analyze the assignments that students upload, compare them with databases on the Internet and determine their degree of originality.

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